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Electronics Engineer

Reading (office based)
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

Explore this exciting opportunity for an Electronics Engineer at AWE, where you can leverage your expertise in electronics hardware design and firmware. Specialise in crafting innovative, low-powered sensor-based systems within a dynamic R&D environment.

Location: Reading (office based)

Salary: £29,640- £54,000 per annum (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 24th June 2024

The Role?

As an Electronics Engineer within our Warhead Engineering group, you will play a vital part in supporting teams to develop hardware designs from concept to prototype demonstration. Essential candidate criteria for the role includes interest or experience in any of the following;
  • Electronics design (one or more of the following: analogue, digital, battery/low power)
  • Embedded software development (C / C++ / C#)
  • ECAD
  • Hardware packaging

In addition to this, it would be advantageous for candidates to have knowledge or experience in electronic design simulation tools (Pspice/LTspice) and system engineering. There is also collaboration with our US colleagues, therefore a candidate who is open to travel is desirable.

If you think you have what it takes to engineer the extraordinary and directly shape the future of our nuclear deterrent, apply now for a role to help with:
  • Designing, building and testing novel solutions to solve technical challenges in a security-based framework.
  • Gaining understanding of low power design utilising MSP/STM platforms
  • Utilising simulation and ECAD tools to deliver hardware at all life cycle phases from ‘cradle to grave’
  • Integration of products into wider systems
  • Safeguarding our nation by ensuring our deterrent is credible, effective and safe, today and into the future.

To be considered for the role, we require candidates to hold a degree qualification and/or extensive experience in electronic engineering, working in a similar environment and possess strong communication skills.

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Maternity Leave- 39 Weeks Full Pay & Paternity Leave- 4 Weeks Full Pay!
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


Please note that you must be a British Citizen to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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